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Clinical scholarship among preceptors supervising longitudinal integrated medical clerkships in regional and rural communities of practice

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Objective

    All senior medical students at the University of Wollongong undertake a longitudinal integrated community-based clerkship, supervised by experienced general practitioners in a regional or rural community. This study investigates the influence of the longitudinal integrated clerkship model of medical education on scholarship among preceptors in these practice communities.

    Design

    General practitioner preceptors were interviewed after the first student cohort had completed their 38-week placements. Analysis of transcripts identified themes supporting clinical scholarship among preceptors. The entire transcript for each preceptor was analysed, permitting a quantitative determination of each theme. Quotations supporting the themes were selected.

    Setting

    The setting was the primary health care practices supervising the longitudinal integrated clerkship medical students.

    Participants

    Twenty-six preceptors who supervised longitudinal integrated clerkship medical students in rural and regional New South Wales participated. None had previously been involved in this model of medical education.

    Main outcome measure

    The study looked for evidence of clinical scholarship among preceptors supervising students in the longitudinal medical student clerkship.

    Results

    Thematic analysis of interview transcripts revealed evidence of clinical scholarship in regional/rural clinical medicine. The ‘practice’ was validated as a place where scholarship occurs, an ‘academy of learning’ and part of the university. About half of the preceptors believed the longitudinal integrated clerkship gave students a deeper link with the community. Two thirds of participants perceived an improved quality of care in their practice.

    Conclusion

    Longitudinal integrated clerkships in teaching communities of practice provide the opportunity for emergence of clinical scholarship among preceptors supporting the learning needs of medical students.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Weston, K. M. & Hudson, J. N. (2014). Clinical scholarship among preceptors supervising longitudinal integrated medical clerkships in regional and rural communities of practice. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 22 (2), 80-85.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84898625135

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1607

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 80

End Page


  • 85

Volume


  • 22

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Objective

    All senior medical students at the University of Wollongong undertake a longitudinal integrated community-based clerkship, supervised by experienced general practitioners in a regional or rural community. This study investigates the influence of the longitudinal integrated clerkship model of medical education on scholarship among preceptors in these practice communities.

    Design

    General practitioner preceptors were interviewed after the first student cohort had completed their 38-week placements. Analysis of transcripts identified themes supporting clinical scholarship among preceptors. The entire transcript for each preceptor was analysed, permitting a quantitative determination of each theme. Quotations supporting the themes were selected.

    Setting

    The setting was the primary health care practices supervising the longitudinal integrated clerkship medical students.

    Participants

    Twenty-six preceptors who supervised longitudinal integrated clerkship medical students in rural and regional New South Wales participated. None had previously been involved in this model of medical education.

    Main outcome measure

    The study looked for evidence of clinical scholarship among preceptors supervising students in the longitudinal medical student clerkship.

    Results

    Thematic analysis of interview transcripts revealed evidence of clinical scholarship in regional/rural clinical medicine. The ‘practice’ was validated as a place where scholarship occurs, an ‘academy of learning’ and part of the university. About half of the preceptors believed the longitudinal integrated clerkship gave students a deeper link with the community. Two thirds of participants perceived an improved quality of care in their practice.

    Conclusion

    Longitudinal integrated clerkships in teaching communities of practice provide the opportunity for emergence of clinical scholarship among preceptors supporting the learning needs of medical students.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Weston, K. M. & Hudson, J. N. (2014). Clinical scholarship among preceptors supervising longitudinal integrated medical clerkships in regional and rural communities of practice. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 22 (2), 80-85.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84898625135

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1607

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 80

End Page


  • 85

Volume


  • 22

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia